Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

Excerpts from this story referencing "health information technology":

"… evated billing codes that pay fatter fees, according to the nation’s top health information technology official. That could undermine cost savings the government expects to achi …"

"… view relies too heavily on panel members with close ties to the burgeoning health information technology industry. He questioned its effectiveness in determining if the digital eq …"

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "health information technology":

"… ractices in driving up costs, and what to do about them. …"

Gingrich's health center was power player in a host of Washington policy debates

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sonny Perdue":

"… ed a victory in Georgia. With Gingrich standing nearby, then- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a law exempting HSA-linked health plans from state premium taxes an …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health information technology":

"… gister and list their products with the Office of the National Coordinator. …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… treatment while traveling, or who change their residency.In tourism-driven Nevada, state health information technology coordinator Lynn O’Mara is concerne …"

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Federal stimulus money will build exchanges, but may not be enough to sustain them

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Health information technology: Incentives may not always serve intended purpose

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Some payments may be going to doctors who have been using electronic health records for years

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Miller":

"… meeting those “meaningful use” standards in improving patient care.Dr. George Miller, a surgeon who practices in Grenada, Miss., said his decision to adopt ele …"

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Academy of Family Physicians":

"… to your demise.”Dr. David Kibbe, a physician and senior adviser for the American Academy of Family Physicians, said the organization of workflows by podiatrists has always impressed hi …"

Only 15 of top 100 health information technology firms are lobbying on health IT

By Josh Israel

Many of the top health information technnology firms don't lobby on health IT

Just 16 of top health IT firms maintain corporate PACs

By Josh Israel

Many of the major players in health information technology do not sponsor corporate political action committees

Privacy advocates want stricter rules for online, patient-controlled health records

By Kimberly Leonard

Privacy groups say clearer rules are needed for online, patient-controlled health records, but an HHS study of the issue is 18 months late

Excluded groups want in on health information technology funding

By Kimberly Leonard

Economic stimulus package has $27 billion for health IT; excluded providers are fighting for a slice

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… omic stimulus legislation in 2009. The idea was to allot stimulus funds to Medicare and Medicaid, which would then distribute the money to providers who demon …"

"… ostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act, which would encourage Medicare reimbursements for audio and video home monitoring.Looking AheadDr. Farzad …"

"… incentive payments through Medicaid are disbursed. Though the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says it is pleased with the participation so far, on …"

"… ally made Medicaid payouts — totaling just $83 million. Payments through Medicare began just this month, as had been scheduled in HITECH.Stephen Zuckerman, …"

Insurance brokers seek health reform change to safeguard profits

By Josh Israel

Insurance brokers seek change in health reform provision to protect profits

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… federal contribution to health insurance premiums, her group believes the federal government “has a legitimate role to play” in determining who can escape these ru …"

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

GOP deficit-cutters eye health IT stimulus funds as Obama’s point man leaves

By Kimberly Leonard

Billions of unspent stimulus dollars slated for electronic health records are now a target for lawmakers searching the federal budget for cu

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… ill have to make their case for preserving the money without help from the Obama administration’s point man, Dr. David Blumenthal, who departs this spring.The funds are …"

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Push for safety oversight of electronic medical records is moving at a crawl

By Emma Schwartz

Nearly two years after the Obama administration announced plans to spend $40 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDA":

"… ned, but those certifications do not address the safety of the systems.The FDA, which considers electronic health records medical devices, has held off a …"

"… ing to an earlier probe by the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. And the FDA’s recent proposals for greater oversight have faced opposition from Blum …"

"… is not public. The largest collection the public can access comes from the FDA, which has received 370 reports of adverse events involving health informa …"

FDA, Obama digital medical records team at odds over safety oversight

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Previously undisclosed hospital mixup underscores challenges on road to reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "technician":

"… Corp. system now works properly, and the hospital chain determined that “technician error” led to the system shutdown and that the mixing up of patients was …"

"… tworks. Spokesman Shivinsky said that when the system slowed down July 16, technicians shut it down for about four hours. During that period, he said, doctors a …"

"… re happy with the system and would “never go back to paper.” Meanwhile technicians are still trying to figure out the root cause. “We’ll get to the bott …"

Amid digital records surge, a lack of policing by the FDA

By Emma Schwartz and Fred Schulte

Government offers incentives to buy electronic devices it doesn't track for safety

Excerpts from this story referencing "health information technology":

"… t Investigative Fund identified 237 “adverse events” reports linked to health information technology — including accounts of 6 deaths and 43 injuries — that have been file …"

As doctors shift to electronic health systems, signs of harm emerge

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "health information technology":

"… gative Fund identified 237 reports of “adverse events” associated with health information technology reported to the FDA over the past two years. Most problems involved comput …"

"… the dark; it lacks a reliable, systematic method of tracking the safety of health information technology.Justin Starren, a physician who oversees technology at the Marshfield Clin …"

"… o oversees stimulus payouts as the government’s national coordinator for health information technology, said that he hasn’t seen evidence that “merits a lesser commitment to …"

"… them in at least one in every 10 transactions with patients. But many health information technology experts say past experience at hospitals indicates a need to phase in the …"

Effort to track medical safety issues faces long road ahead

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Panel seeks centralized data on hazards related to digital systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "advisory panel co-chair":

"… e. “There are many nervous people out there,” he said.Marc Probst, the advisory panel co-chair, said Intermountain Healthcare, the non-profit system of hospitals and cli …"

FDA asks hospitals to report safety glitches in digital health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

In letter to 350 health centers, agency signals growing concern

Stimulus to push electronic health records could widen 'digital divide'

By Fred Schulte

Federal plan may leave behind small hospitals and rural doctors

Experts: Safety oversight needed as patient records go digital

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

With digital transition approaching for many practices, safety and security issues continue to surface

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

Shopping for health software, some doctors get buyer’s remorse

By Emma Schwartz

Volatile industry prompts calls for oversight of firms’ financial strength

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sacramento":

"… roblems with their software.In January 2008, Ophthalmic Imaging Systems of Sacramento, Calif., bought Acermed and renamed it Abraxas Medical Solutions …"

Switch to electronic health records could miss federal targets

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Cut in stimulus spending suggests early estimates of the cost for the switch were too optimistic

Daschle had public and private role in push for digital health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Former Sen. Tom Daschle kept Washington's revolving door spinning

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "health information technology":

"… added Scot M. Silverstein of Drexel University, a physician and expert on health information technology. “Drug companies can’t say their drug is a magic potion,” he said, b …"

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